Title: The Losing Game
Author: Lane Swift
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 8th August, 2016
Genre(s): Loss, Retribution, Future
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Winchester Crown Court, October 2035: Richard Shaw leaves, a free man.
Grief-stricken and angry, Lucas Green is hell-bent on revenge against Richard Shaw, who killed his sister. Lucas has heard of a man who can help—the handsome and urbane owner of a boutique sex shop with a head for planning crimes. But Dante Okoro has a past he’s desperate to keep buried. Though Lucas piques his interest in more ways than one, Dante turns him away. Still, he wonders if he made the right decision….
An unexpected death brings Dante and Lucas together once more. This time they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. But courting a lover with lies is a dangerous game. Dante has been spying on Lucas, convinced he has plans to kill Shaw. Lucas has been spying on Shaw, waiting for the right moment to strike. If Dante admits his suspicions to Lucas, he’ll surely lose him. If he doesn’t, Lucas might do something reckless—and end up losing everything.
I went in this story for some action, retribution and of course passion. But apart from the retribution part, there was nothing else in the book. The start is written very nicely and has a promise for more to come but unfortunately the story did not deliver what it promises. There was non-existing romance and no chemistry between the leads. The story was more about a man’s struggle with his sorrow over his sister’s death rather than a romance.
The MCs Lucas and Dante actually get together after almost 35% of the story and they kept on hiding stuff from each other. Dante is concerned about Lucas doing something he will regret later and he starts surveillance on Lucas without his knowledge. I found that part a bit creepy. Lucas is attracted to Dante but he is consumed with his obsession of killing Richard Shaw, the man who killed his sister. Lucas keeps his nocturnal activities of stalking Shaw and planning to kill the man from Dante until all his plans goes haywire.
This story is set in the future which was absolutely irrelevant with how the story progressed. There was really nothing significant about the entire future setting impacting on the main plotline.
As for the romance there was no heat between Dante and Lucas. Dante owns a sex shop and I thought maybe there will be some kink but that was not the case.
I liked the part of Lucas’s struggles to cope with his sister’s death. It was touching how much he mourns for his sister who is killed by an unrepentant drunk driver. The ending in that regard was quite satisfying.
If you are looking for a romance then this may not be a great choice. The writing was good but plot wise this story was not that interesting.